Intel Android

Reuters and Korea Times report that Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will run on Clover Trail+ CPU

Chip giant Intel could be about to enter the Android tablet world in a big way, if reports from Korean newspaper the Korea Times and news agency Reuters are to be believed. The publications suggest that Samsung will opt for the latest x86-based Clover Trail+ chip in its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 instead of more common ARM-based designs, including its own Exynos range.

Rumors of an Atom-powered Galaxy Tab have been circulating online for some time, but today's reports offer a little more fine detail. Reuters reports that a Clover Trail+ processor will be used in "at least one version" of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3, though it was unable to confirm whether other SoCs would be used in different versions of the device. The Korea Times says that Intel has upped its staff of Korean-based Atom engineers from six last year to around 50 at present in order to facilitate the new partnership with Samsung, which includes this Atom-powered Tab 3. The newspaper's source describes it as a "win-win" deal for both Samsung, which is seeking to diversify the chips used in its devices, and Intel, which needs to gain a mobile foothold in an increasingly post-PC world.

We're anticipating the arrival of several Android and Windows-based gadgets at the company's 'Premiere 2013' event in London on June 20, and Reuters expects Atom-powered Ativ tablets to be among these devices. The news agency couldn't confirm whether the new Tab 3 10.1 would be at that event, however. Whatever's on show, we'll be live from London to bring you full coverage.

Source: Reuters, Korea Times, via: Engadget

 
There are 15 comments

thebizz says:

I'm trying to understand why Samsung would go clover trail+? Is the new a15 based exynos processor unable to provide suitable performance or is their some unknown limitations with the big little architecture that hasn't been solved yet? I have no idea but I don't see the clover trail + as being all that

Shadowriver says:

Maybe they want to make hardware that also works with x86 Windows 8

hotice says:

It's possible that Intel is giving them a very good deal because most companies probably realize that going with an x86 processor for an Android device is a bad idea. The only other reason I can think of could be for battery life. An early review I saw suggested that a15 cores, while fast, tend to use a lot of power compared to their competition.

It's really dumb to choose an x86 processor for Android. They will run into compatibility issues since the x86 Atom isn't ARM compatible - well, it's not even a RISC processor. X86 processors are CISC which doesn't mean better or worse really but just that they work in a totally different way. It's the same reason nobody has every made a RISC PC for run Windows. The only difference is Java on Android provides a visualization/comparability layer between the underlying hardware and the app. Yes, Java has been available for Windows for a long time but most Windows apps are not Java apps where as most Android apps are Java apps. That's the only reason this makes more sense on Android. A strong argument could still be made that it's a bad idea to do.

People ran into a lot of compatibility issues with the Cisco Cius tablet a few years ago, which was also x86 Atom based, and as soon as the x86 Atom based Razr i was released they realized it couldn't run Chrome. These things should be expected everyone, not surprises to anyone. Most people don't want to deal with compatibility issues and waiting for developers to re-compile their app for a new processor type. It's really a Tegra/Snapdragon/Exynos game and there are good reasons for that. If Intel wants to compete they need to put out an ARM based processor. They used to compete, very successfully, in the ARM/mobile fight with the StrongARM and XScale processors back in Windows Mobile days but it's been a long time since then.

MERCDROID says:

That was too long, but I did read it. I didn't know, that the RAZR i couldn't run Chrome.

Shadowriver says:

Intel goal as creator of x86 is to make it work in mobile not give up to ARM just because its diffrent. Android is not really goal here but low power PC market which works with x86.

Besides apps dont work as developers do not build them to x86, once it might be more popular they will compile to x86

How would an Atom Android tablet be functionally different from an ARM based Android tab?
Just curious.

XChrisX says:

It wouldn't but this is more than likely a business move set forth by Intel, and supported by Samsung.

Shadowriver says:

You won't see diffrence in features, but therem might be diffrence in perfermace and power usage (as i kno atom takes more power then ARM). Also x86 means treat for hackers, as they will be able to run (throeticlly) PC OSes

Oh ok. Thank you for the reply. Would love to see PC OS's run on a tablet. Just for the fun of it :)

hotice says:

You may want to change this sentence:
"The publications suggest that Samsung will opt for the latest x86-based Clover Trail+ chip in its upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 in favor of more common ARM-based designs, including its own Exynos range."
This move by Samsung actually does not favor more common ARM-based designs. If it did they would not have chosen the exact opposite, an uncommon Atom x86 design.

Notus says:

Maybe it's a move to stream line there supply lines. One set of components for multiple tablet lines (ATIV for Windows and Galaxy Tab for Android). Hell maybe they'll even make a low powered Chrome Touch Book. Just a thought.

Alok Patel says:

It would be fastest tab by Samsung Galaxy. I hope they are providing so much features with affordable cost. As comparing with iPhone, Samsung is best for Android.

It means to say SAMSUNG = GOOGLE ANDROID....

Alok @ App Development Company

stevovr says:

my intel atom powered asus fonetab is running just great, playing Riptide GP, running chrome, as a matter of fact no compatability issues at all so far. I've had more issues with my kobo arc than the fonetab. the only app that wouldn't run is Firefox which is no loss as i don't use it anyway.

toddjy says:

Probably going to have it as an option. Then again, how many people would choose an Atom based processor over ARM? I don't think many. Most sold would probably be to those who don't know when all the ARM are sold out.

deadlock4400 says:

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.

Intel is entering in Smartphone processor and chip set. May be Intel is going to give a whole new face for this smartphone world near future.

Thanks in Advance